Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Five books to help you cope with the loss of your planet

Drew Williams is an author and bookseller. His new novel is The Stars Now Unclaimed.

One of Williams's five books to help you recover from the loss of your planet, as shared at
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

All right, worst case scenario: your spacecraft hasn’t managed to escape your devastated world, though it has insulated you from whatever plague/disaster wiped humanity off of its surface (if that isn’t the case, then you’re not likely reading this, and there’s not much can do to help you). In that case, you’ll have no better reference to than Weisman’s non-fiction chronicle, a moment-to-moment guide to exactly how a world would fall apart after humanity’s disappearance. From what happens to our pets (feel bad for your dog; feel… less bad for your cat) in the immediate aftermath to a eons-later examination of what might still remain to mark humanity’s existence, Weisman’s work is a fantastic guide for what will await you in some sort of Richard Matheson, I Am Legend situation.
Read about the other books on the list.

The World Without Us appears on David Mitchell's six favorite books list, Annalee Newitz's list of thirty-five essential posthuman novels and is one of Louise Erdrich's five most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue